Video: Regreening heritage landscapes and revitalizing communities

Watch this 90-minute Discussion Forum “Regreening heritage landscapes and revitalizing communities” from the 2016 Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development in Marrakesh, Morocco, alongside UNFCCC COP22.

The panel discusses major developments, commitments and perspectives for concrete action to address landscape restoration challenges in African drylands, one year after the Paris climate agreement has been forged. There is now broad recognition of the potential impact of landscape restoration on both mitigation (e.g. on vegetation cover and soil carbon sequestration) and adaptation (e.g. on resilient farming systems and disaster risk mitigation). Restoration also plays its own part in efforts to address and manage other key development challenges such as food security, rural poverty, employment and displacement and migration. Different studies and publications have documented strategies and solutions to effectively address land degradation and promote resilient landscapes in Africa, and drylands challenges have become a common denominator.


  • Paola Agostini, Global Lead for Landscapes, World Bank
  • Magda Lovei, Practice Manager, Environment & Natural Resources, Africa Region, World Bank


  • Julia Bucknall, Acting Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources, World Bank
  • Simon Rietbergen, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO
  • Abderrahim Houmy, Secretaire General Haut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts, Morocco
  • Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal, Minister of Environment, Rural Development, and Physical Planning, Sudan
  • Harrison Karnwea, Managing Director, Forest development Authority, Liberia
  • Mauro Agnoletti, Vice Chair of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), FAO
  • Horst Freiberg, Head of Division for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forests, Biological Diversity and Climate Change, German Federal Ministry for the Environment
  • Craig Hanson, Global Director of Food, Forests and Water, World Resources Institute
  • Felicity Yameogo, Manager, New Karikis International Sarl, Burkina Faso
  • Mamadou Diakhite, Team Leader, Principal Officer, NEPAD SLWM Program

Photo of trash dump transformed into golf course in Marrakesh by Storm Cunningham.

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